The scenario at 101 Finsbury Pavement was similar.The building was designed by SKS Architects and constructed in the early 1980s.A series offloors up to and including the fourth-floor level had become vacant (5,415m 2floor space) and here too the owners took the opportunity to refurbish.
The existing entrance was tired,obscure and confusing,having two sets ofentrance doors,inadequate signage and gloomy fin-ishes.Now it incorporates a double-height volume,fitted with full-height glazing to provide a bright new focus to No 101.A large 6m high,richly veined Portoro marble panel announces the new entrance through automatic sliding doors set within a bronze sub-frame.Again white plaster and limestone flooring are the new materials,and an upper balcony is framed with limestone architraves;the reception desk is in limestone,stainless steel and oak.European oak doors separate the reception areas from the offices.Tenants are listed on a large enamelbacked glass panel with bronze lettering.
offices were fitted with 100mm void floors and air conditioning.The internal metal window frames were resprayed white and the perimeter relined with plaster board.In the lift lobbies,limestone flooring and wall panelling detailed with stainless steel and bronze inlays replace the former gloomy palette ofmaterials.
CREDITS:101 FINSBURY PAVEMENT
CLIENT Stockham Investments,a joint venture company owned by MEPC & P&O Property Holdings
ARCHITECT Michael Squire and Partners:Michael Squire, Mark Way,William Jefferies,Eilir Sheryn, Stuart Child,Joanna van Oppen,Nicole Saikalis
ARCHITECT PROJECT MANAGER ECHarris Project Management
QUANTITY SURVEYOR EC Harris
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Price & Myers
SERVICES ENGINEER Doy Webster Partnership
MAIN CONTRACTOR Overbury
SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS office ceilings and drylining BPC Suspended Ceilings;
metal suspended ceilings to offices Armstrong Metal Ceilings;
raised floors Atlas Acess Floors;
joinery James Johnson;
stonework Marble and Granite Centre;
architectural metalwork Bronze Restoration;
structural metalwork Anchor Welding;
lifts Jackson Lifts;
sliding entrance door Geze UK;
signage HB Signs;
services sub-contractor How Engineering Services;